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Beacom School of Business Announces 2020 Award Recipients

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota announces the winners of the 2020 Beacom School of Business excellence awards. For 72 years, the school has recognized the outstanding accomplishments and service of its students, faculty and staff. The formal dinner celebrating these accomplishments has been postponed to the fall.

“The recipients of this year’s awards are incredibly deserving of this honor,” said Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business. “Through their hard work and involvement, they have all contributed to the ongoing success of the Beacom School of Business, and I truly commend them. We look forward to celebrating them in person later this year.”

Honorees for 2020 include:

Sophia Lima

Outstanding Senior Award: Sophia Lima, B.B.A., student double majoring in accounting and finance from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. While at USD, Lima has been very active as president of Coyote Capital Management, director of finance for the Student Government Association, president of Financial Management Association, treasurer for the Union of African American Students, student representative on Beacom’s Diversity & Inclusive Excellence committee and fellow of the Ella Baker Institute. She was a member of Beta Alpha Psi and Beta Gamma Sigma, she has been recognized on the Dean’s list every semester, received a Top Performance award from the accounting & finance department and is also the recipient of USD’s Mickelson Scholarship and the PCAOB scholarship. Upon graduation, Lima will pursue her CPA certification and begin a career in public accounting with Deloitte as a tax consultant in New York City. 

McKenna Golden

Outstanding Graduate Student Award: McKenna Golden, Master of Professional Accountancy student from Yankton, South Dakota. While at USD, Golden has been actively involved as vice president of Operations for Beta Alpha Psi, talent officer for Coyote Capital Management and Campus Crusade for Christ member. Most recently she is a published graduate assistant of the Beacom School of Business in an accounting journal. She has been recognized on the Dean’s List, received an SD CPA Society accounting scholarship and a Top Performance award from the accounting & finance department. Upon graduation, Golden will pursue CPA licensure and will be working with as a tax consultant at Deloitte Tax in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Kate Amundson

Staff Excellence Award: Kate Amundson, program assistant I for the Beacom Student Services. In her role in the student services office, Amundson is a primary resource for the students of the Beacom School of Business. She works closely with students to ensure they are prepared for advising appointments, have the necessary paperwork needed to make changes or adjustments to their plans, as well as assisting with admissions information and reporting. In addition, she is always the first person to assist her co-workers with events and additional needs throughout the school. Prior to joining Beacom, Amundson worked with her husband in their family trucking company and held various roles in Vermillion with the chief of police, city manager and working for a law firm. 

Mandie Weinandt

Faculty Excellence Award – Teaching: Mandie Weinandt, is an instructor of economics, statistics and analytics at the Beacom School of Business. She completed her undergraduate degree and M.B.A. at the University of South Dakota. She joined USD in 2010, in a registrar role for the Graduate School and became full-time faculty in fall 2011. Weinandt designs her courses to be as interactive as possible and jokes that her classroom is an exercise in “controlled chaos.” She also teaches online frequently and recently took on the role of e-Learning Coordinator for Beacom. Weinandt also serves on a number of committees around campus. 

Hanus Bartlomiej

Faculty Excellence Award – Research & Scholarship: Bart Hanus, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of decision sciences at the Beacom School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in business computer information systems and his master’s degree in information technology from the University of North Texas. Hanus also holds degrees in accounting and corporate finance which he received in Poland. Hanus joined USD in 2017 and prior to that taught at Emporia State University in Kansas. Hanus' work has been published in journals including Information Systems Management and The Data Base for Advances in Information Systems. His research generally revolves around information security, but Hanus is also interested in multidisciplinary projects.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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